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Milestones

  • Engagement

    Breann Sidwell of Brownstown and Kennard Milano of Salem have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Brad and Nikki Sidwell of Brownstown.
    The future groom is the son of James and Mary Ann Milano of Salem.
    The couple are planning a 3:30 p.m. wedding on Saturday, July 23, at Liberty Christian Church in Brownstown.
    A reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Birth

    Lauren Joyanne Tompkins
    Bradley and Jill Tompkins of rural Smithboro are the parents of a girl born at 1:07 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Wedding

    Audrey Talmage of New Bern, N.C., and Mark McElroy of Fairview Heights, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in New Bern, N.C.


    The bride is the daughter of Timothy and Candice Talmage of New Bern, N.C. The groom is the son of James and Wilma McElroy of Shobonier.
    The couple resides in Fairview Heights.

  • Anniversary

    Phil and Imogene Bunyard of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, July 1.


    Anyone wishing to send cards may mail them to their home: RR 2, Box 311, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Births

    Daniel Christopher Vernon
    Chris and Krisjeana Vernon of St. Peters, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 7:24 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011, at BJC St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, Mo.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20½ inches long. He was named Daniel Christopher.
    Grandparents are Donnie and Connie Roberts  of Ramsey and the late Burel Ballard, and Dave and Liz Vernon of Dupo.
    Great-grandparents are Jean Moreland and Lucy Ballard of Ramsey and Anne Hetzel of Cahokia.

  • Engagement

    Nicole Opfer and Blake Doehring have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Craig and Amy Opfer of rural Shobonier.

  • Anniversary

    Bryan and Kim Perkins will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a luncheon from 2-4 p.m. at Connie’s on Saturday.


    Bryan Perkins and the former Kim Harrison were married on June 14, 1986.
    He is the son of Connie and the late Harold Perkins. She is the daughter of Phyllis and Larry May and the late Don Harrison.
    They are the parents of four children: Luke, Lacey, Lance and Lexis.
    Friends and family are welcome to attend.

  • Engagement

    Ginger Freeman and Andrew Wehrle, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Donna Carrell and the late Gordon Carrell of Ramsey.
    The future groom is the son of Randy Wehrle of Ramsey and Lugene Fisher of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a 4 p.m. wedding on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Ramsey Christian Church. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. at the Vandalia VFW.

  • Anniversary

    David and Kathleen Mahon of St. Peter will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this Sunday.
    David Mahon and the former Kathleen Michel were married on June 12, 1966, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

  • Anniversary

    On June 9, 1946, Millard Mills and Fairy Alice McIntyre were joined in marriage at the Avena Methodist Church, with the late Charles Simpkins officiating.


    The Millses are the parents of five children – Glen and his wife Ann, Marie and her husband Jim, Norma and her husband Joel, Ruth and her husband Lewis, and Mark and his wife Nancy.
    They have 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
    A card shower has been requested for the Millses.
    Cards may be sent to: RR 2, Box 141, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.